Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony has confirmed that the majority of the proceeds from the £1.3 million sale of Mclean to Hull will be ploughed back into the club.
Darragh MacAnthony has also allayed fears among Peterborough fans that the departure of Mclean could be the start of a firesale of the best club talent.
Darragh MacAnthony said: “I don’t know where headlines stating ‘Posh players for sale’ came from. Aaron is the first major talent I’ve sold in my four years at the club and there were good reasons for that.
“Aaron has been on the transfer list for a year and he would not be signing a new contract when his current deal runs out in 15 months.
“He’d also be 28 then so the package we have received is a good one for the club. Hull finally got close to the figure I wanted and Aaron goes with all our best wishes.
Darragh MacAnthony stated “We got four great years from him and we will miss him on the pitch. We will also miss his great personality in the dressing room.
“But we have already had meetings about finding the next Aaron Mclean. The money from Hull is being paid in stages, but the majority will go back into the club.
“We want to find some more good young players who we can develop into better ones who will eventually sign for bigger clubs after helping us to success.”
And Darragh MacAnthony is confident he will witness more success on the playing front. He will certainly make sure he does his bit behind the scenes.
Darragh MacAnthony added: “I can promise Posh fans that I will do all I can to bring success to the club again. I will do everything in my power to make 2011 a lovely one for Posh and the fans.
“I want us to start winning regularly again and that will increase the gates.”
Peterborough United boss Gary Johnson admitted that he has a January transfer window shopping list of nine or 10 players. Peterborough United were linked with 31 year-old MK Dons striker Aaron Wilbraham, but he is also reportedly a target for Championship promotion-chasers Norwich City.
Mclean is expected to make a January 1 debut for Hull against Leicester City at the KC Stadium.
Mclean has agreed personal terms after the club’s agreed a Peterborough United record transfer fee of £1.3 million for the 27 year-old. He is now understood to have sailed through a thorough medical check.
Hull manager Nigel Pearson would only admit that ‘we are nearly there’ when asked about Mclean’s arrival. Mclean is expected to formally sign a three-and-a-half year contract when the January transfer window opens on Saturday.
Mclean is yet to speak publicly about his move, but has aired his brief views on his personal Twitter account.
Mclean said: “I’ve loved my time at Peterborough, but I’m now ready for a new challenge at Hull. I would like to thank the Posh fans for their support.”
Mclean scored 14 goals for Peterborough United this season. He moved to Peterborough United for just £150,000 from Grays in January 2007 having spent the previous three months on loan at London Road.
The transfer fee is the biggest to involve a Peterborough United player moving in or out of London Road. There are no sell-on fees for Grays, but Peterborough United could gain an extra £300,000 from Hull depending on the success of the club and player.